Research papers

The Stamp Duty Burden

Expected rising property prices over the next five years by Savills Research mean that many more exempt homes will be subject to Stamp Duty when they are sold and many homes which are already subject to the charge will face an even higher bill. While all homes which rise in... Read more...

How to fix corporate taxes

Writing in today’s Daily Telegraph Matthew Sinclair argues that our complicated capital tax system needs reform. His article follows the release of our new research How to fix corporate taxes which is part of a set of papers that demonstrate the steps needed to introduce key recommendations from the 2020 Tax Commission final report, The Single Income... Read more...

Town Hall Rich List 2013

For the seventh consecutive year, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has compiled the most comprehensive list of council employees in the UK whose total annual remuneration exceeds £100,000. This year’s Town Hall Rich List covers the 2010-11 and 2011-12 financial years, the most recent full years for which data is available. Town Hall Rich... Read more...

28,754 town hall middle managers cost us nearly £2 billion a year

The TaxPayers’ Alliance can today reveal that there are 28,754 local authority staff paid over £50,000 a year, which cost taxpayers £1.9 billion in 2011-12. The cost of paying these staff is the equivalent of 7.5 per cent of Council Tax receipts. This bill is down 12.5 per cent from last year but 118 councils increased the amount spent... Read more...

Visible and available policing: The most and least efficient forces

With spending restraint needed across the board, it is vital that police forces improve their efficiency. Crime prevention does not have to suffer. This report reveals figures for each police force – gathered using data from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary – and compares how many police officers and Police... Read more...

Department of Energy and Climate Change spends £1.5 million on 3,496 flights

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) can today reveal that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has spent over £1.5 million on 3,496 flights over the last two and half years. Of these trips, 362 were business class at a cost of nearly £600,000. The destinations of these flights include far-flung locations from Johannesburg to Jakarta while DECC staff... Read more...

Trade Union Funding 2012

Earlier this month Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude announced plans to reduce the amount of facility time taken in the civil service. This will cut the subsidy that unions receive at taxpayers’ expense. There would still be a substantial subsidy though, and the reforms do not yet apply to the... Read more...

Whitehall Office Space

Government departments could have saved a potential £112 million on their estates bill if all departments were to use space as well as the most efficient departments. Read more...

Ofcom Staffing

Public sector organisations have to make cuts to their staff numbers in order to ease the pressure on the public finances. However, some are still hiring.  This research note reveals TaxPayer's Alliance research showing that Ofcom, the communications quango, has spent £9.4 million on redundancies over the last five years at the... Read more...